Mike Radja

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Mike Radja
Born (1985-03-07) March 7, 1985 (age 32)
Yorkville, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free agent
Syracuse Crunch
Rockford IceHogs
TPS
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Augsburger Panther
Binghamton Senators
Peoria Rivermen
Houston Aeros
Nippon Paper Cranes
High1
Belfast Giants
Elmira Jackals
Anyang Halla
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Mike Radja (born March 7, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently a free agent. Radja has previously played for Anyang Halla of the Asia League Ice Hockey. In Europe, he played for HC TPS in the Liiga and Augsburger Panther in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Playing career[edit]

Radja was raised in Yorkville, Illinois and graduated from Yorkville High School in 2003.[1] Radja played two seasons of junior hockey for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. While at Waterloo Radja played with his future University of New Hampshire teammate Kevin Regan. Radja scored a key goal in the game which clinched the Black Hawks' victory in the 2004 Clark Cup.[2]

He attended the University of New Hampshire from 2004 to 2008. In December 2006 he suffered a knee injury which caused him to miss a month of play. He made a quick recovery, however.[3] In 2008 he was suspended for two games after an incident in which he was briefly detained by police while visiting T. J. Oshie after a game against North Dakota.[4] That season proved to be a successful one for Radja, he was selected for the Hockey East All Star team and was the National College Hockey Player of the month in February 2008.[1][5]

After leaving UNH, he briefly played for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL at the end of 2007–08 season. The next year he played in eight games with the Fresno Falcons of the ECHL before spending most of the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. In the 2009–10 season Radja played in twenty five games in Finland with TPS of the SM-liiga before returning to North America to play for the Syracuse Crunch and Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.[6] The next year Radja returned to Europe to play for the Augsburger Panther of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[7] On January 13, 2012 Radja signed with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

After four seasons abroad, Radja opted to continue his professional career back in North America, signing a one-year ECHL contract in a return with the Elmira Jackals on August 4, 2016.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 56 17 16 33 45 6 0 2 2 4
2003–04 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 55 17 23 40 46 10 3 5 8 4
2004–05 U. of New Hampshire HE 42 8 12 20 28
2005–06 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 8 9 17 26
2006–07 U. of New Hampshire HE 33 19 18 37 12
2007–08 U. of New Hampshire HE 36 19 24 43 32
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 3 3 0
2008–09 Fresno Falcons ECHL 8 7 6 13 4
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 57 11 12 23 20 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 TPS SM-l 25 6 3 9 12
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 31 7 7 14 12
2009–10 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 17 5 5 10 6 5 0 1 1 4
2010–11 Augsburger Panther DEL 49 11 8 19 26
2011–12 Elmira Jackals ECHL 46 31 21 52 30 10 3 5 8 4
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Houston Aeros AHL 18 2 4 6 0
2012–13 Nippon Paper Cranes AL 42 28 37 65 64 4 2 3 5 6
2013–14 Nippon Paper Cranes AL 42 35 37 72 40 7 2 7 9 4
2014–15 High1 AL 23 9 14 23 16 6 0 1 1 6
2015–16 Belfast Giants EIHL 54 30 24 54 32 2 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 130 25 32 57 40 6 0 1 1 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East First Team 2007–08
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2007–08

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Verdun, Dan (27 March 2008). "Radja Gets Last Shot with New Hampshire". College Hockey News. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "BREAKING: The Cup Comes to Waterloo!". College Hockey News. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  3. ^ D'Onofrio, Dave (10 February 2007). "UNH's Radja better than ever". The Concord Monitor. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Radja Returning for UNH". College Hockey News. CHN Staff Report. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mike Radja of New Hampshire Named National College Hockey Player of the Month". Hockey East Online. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Crunch Claim Center Mike Radja". Our Sports Central. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mike Radja wird ein Panther". Eishockey.info (in German). 12 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Veteran scorer Radja heads back to Elmira". ECHL. 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 

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